[Rushtalk] Wasted Food............

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Mon May 26 17:27:51 MDT 2014

>Once again, people are getting fed up with a 
>government so into dictatorial control, they 
>forget about who they are paid TO SERVE!
>up with school lunches


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Fed up with school lunches

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- May 26, 2014

By Michelle Malkin

Published: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Updated 22 hours ago

The nation's school lunch lady, Michelle Obama, 
is mad. With her federal nutrition program under 
fire across the country and now on Capitol Hill, 
Mrs. Obama put out a “forceful” call to arms last 
week to “health activists,” according to The Washington Post.

The East Wing and its sycophants zealously oppose 
any effort to alter, delay or waive top-down school meal rules.

Progressives blame kid-hating Republicans and 
greedy businesses for the revolt against Mrs. 
Obama's failed policies. But the truth is right 
around the corner in your students' cafeterias. 
Districts are losing money. Discarded food is 
piling high. Kids are going off-campus to fill 
their tummies or just going hungry.

According to the School Nutrition Association, 
almost half of school meal programs reported 
declines in revenue in the 2012-13 school year, 
and 90 percent said food costs were up. Look no 
further than school districts in Los Angeles and Chicago.

As I noted in 2011, the L.A. Unified School 
District pronounced the first lady's federally 
subsidized initiative a “flop” and a “disaster.” 
Principals reported “massive waste, with unopened 
milk cartons and uneaten entrees being thrown away.”

The problem has only worsened. The Los Angeles 
Times reported last month that the city's 
students throw out “at least $100,000 worth of 
food a day ­ and probably far more,” which “amounts to $18 million a year.”

Draconian federal rules dictate calorie counts, 
whole-grain requirements, the number of items 
that children must put on their trays and even 
the color of the fruits and vegetables they must 
choose. Asked for a solution, LAUSD Food Service 
Director David Binkle told the Times bluntly: “We 
can stop forcing children to take food they don't 
like and throw in the garbage.”

Or you can do what Arlington Heights District 214 
in Michelle Obama's home state of Illinois just 
did: Vote yourselves out of the unsavory 
one-size-fits-all mandate. Last week, the state's 
second-largest school district decided to quit 
the national school lunch program. The district 
will deliberately forgo $900,000 in federal aid 
and instead rely on its own nutritionist to 
devise healthful choices that students actually want.

Mrs. Obama's advocates already have taken to 
social media to complain about Big Business 
special interests. But let's remember: Mrs. Obama 
has been working the food circuit since 2005, 
when the wife of newly elected Sen. Barack Obama 
was named to the corporate board of directors of 
Wal-Mart processed foods supplier TreeHouse Foods 
Inc. ­ collecting $45,000 in 2005, $51,200 in 
2006 and 7,500 TreeHouse stock options worth more than $72,000 for each year.

Mrs. Obama's allies also have accused opponents 
of wanting to repeal “science-based” standards. 
But the first lady herself was caught spreading 
false claims that her program was responsible for 
reducing childhood obesity when the decline began a decade ago.

Waste, failure, lies and special interest ties. 
If federal food policy were really about the 
children, the East Wing would be embracing 
change. But this is not about protecting the 
kids. It's about protecting Michelle Obama. Her 
thin-skinned response to criticism is telling: 
Hell hath no fury like a Nanny State control freak scorned.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of 
Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, 
Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2009).
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